bhensonb (8991) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark amber with a fizzy/creamy beige head. Aroma is a dilute chocolate? Med body. Flavor is sort of the old style chocolate malt candy. Horlicks? Kind of dry, or at least not too sweet. Another AB beer which demands "why?"
Tmoney99 (8780) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured hazy dark orange color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate spice and chocolate aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium spice finish of moderated duration. Refreshing soft beer.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. Actually a half-decent aroma. Banana, toasted bread, chocolate, and yeast. Mild spicing and a light cardboard quality. Kind of a watery flavor and a touch of cardboard, but not bad otherwise. Faint spice notes, hints of chocolate, banana, toast, and bread. Light in body and rather highly carbonated.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured hazy medium orange with a tall white head. The aroma picked up toasted, sweeter chocolates and earthy wheat with lightly-smoked pepper accents.. very clean pale malts as it warmed up. The flavor found pale malts and sweet cocoa at the core with dry, tangy wheat and light chilis around.. clean finish with a little peppery spice to interesting-it up a little. Light-bodied and grainy on the palate.. moderate-plus carbonation.. ok feel and flow.
Drake (6491) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from a Kroger. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of wheat, mild cocoa and a fruity finish. The taste is wheat, chocolate, caramel, mild hops. Medium bodied. Solid beer.
adnielsen (6187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2013
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle @ home picked up in a mixer sixer at some dumpy liquor store in Fort Collins. Pours a murky orange appearance with a small, light brown head. Spicy chili, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, weird corny aroma. Not all that pleasant spicy chili, toasty malty, light chocolate flavor. Not very nice.
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Orange, cinnamon, and wheat malt aroma. Hazy orange-brown with small head. Sweet orange caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Okay - probably the best of the Shock Tops.
blutt59 (5685) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, dark amber color with plenty of off white foam, aroma of chocolate and chilies, flavor of chipotles, chocolates, roasted malts, decent body
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL shared in spirit with womencantsail. Poured into Tired Hands stemware. Appearance is darker than I expected, deep mahogany to near black. Thicker than expected tan head. Good retention with soapy lacing. Aroma is more macro lager with sugar cube, corn, detergent, stale lemon candy drops. As it warms there is some toffee, german dark malts, cinnamon. Still a bit ’poopy’ like Leinenkugels Classic Amber. Taste is bland, chalky, mild cocoa powder, a lot of paper, some grenadine and butter. Hints of toffee and caramel. It’s not bad at all, but the spice is muted coming into swing in the aftertaste if you are looking for it. Restrained chocolate character. Finish is like Sweet N Low sweetened iced tea. Actually much better than I expected.
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at James’ place for a tasting. Pours a lightly hazed amber brown with a thin white head. Soft spices and a touch of yeast on the nose. Medium bodied, burnt spices, a touch of warming alcohol. Spicy on the finish, a bit of burnt spices and an earthy bitterness.